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Title: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Zapper on May 14, 2020, 11:25:15 AM
Funko Pops suck :cool:

Just kidding, but this is sort of the feeling this post might give some Pop collectors, so please don't take it personally.

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Who else stopped getting Pops?
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: bright rabbit 1 on May 14, 2020, 11:48:22 AM
I only collect my favourite characters
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Leave a Whisper on May 14, 2020, 01:05:35 PM
Do they roll over white when they start to eat their victims?

I never liked them.

 The normal sized, proportionate ones aren't bad.

Their soulless, creepy eyes and bobbleheaded proportions are awful. They're everywhere and I cannot escape them.

 There are a grand total of 2 in this house that my daughter owns.

Blue Fang from the Animated Castlevania Collection. Pity he's not a normal funko, because he went from awesome and articulate demon to a demonic Boston Terrier

And some comic dude named Mysterio. He has no soulless eyes so he doesn't creep us out.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: otocolobus_manul on May 14, 2020, 01:33:12 PM
Ugh, the fan favorites thing drives me crazy. If I can't get a complete set I won't get any of that set - you're losing my potential money, Funko.

I haven't bought one in over a year as well, but I still want a bunch. Sadly. They're so weirdly addictive, aren't they?
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Zapper on May 14, 2020, 02:40:31 PM
Ugh, the fan favorites thing drives me crazy. If I can't get a complete set I won't get any of that set - you're losing my potential money, Funko.

It doesn't even make sense to me. In case of Nightcrawler he has been a huge fan favorite ever since he appeared in the comics decades ago, he is represented in the recent movies and comics and everyone is constantly pestering Funko to make one and yet they don't.
He would be the only Pop I'd still give money for and I get the sinking feeling he will be a rare exclusive if they ever make one because they know everybody wants him and would pay triple-cost just to complete the Uncanny X team.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: banditpony on May 14, 2020, 03:01:39 PM
I just wasn't into their style. I love the black dot eyes, and I love "chibi" proportions, but I HATE square heads, and triangle noses. If the heads were more rounded, they probably would of snatched me into their black hole.

I will say bulbasaur tempted me for a REALLY long time because that one is also cute to me. I just held back since I'm trying not to buy everything I think that's cute.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on May 14, 2020, 03:01:49 PM
I think I've owned three pops in all? I really do not like them and I feel like they've sort of ruined the vinyl collectibles in a way. I'm sure that's not true, but it really feels like an oversaturated market.  Tokidoki remains my only vinyl collection.
I think part of the reason pops do well is because they will make sitcom/human characters.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: bright rabbit 1 on May 14, 2020, 03:01:57 PM
Ugh, the fan favorites thing drives me crazy. If I can't get a complete set I won't get any of that set - you're losing my potential money, Funko.

It doesn't even make sense to me. In case of Nightcrawler he has been a huge fan favorite ever since he appeared in the comics decades ago, he is represented in the recent movies and comics and everyone is constantly pestering Funko to make one and yet they don't.
He would be the only Pop I'd still give money for and I get the sinking feeling he will be a rare exclusive if they ever make one because they know everybody wants him and would pay triple-cost just to complete the Uncanny X team.

It’s the same with Sailor Saturn being a fan favourite I only want to collect the Sailor Moon ones I like (expect Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Pluto)
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: lovesbabysquirmy on May 14, 2020, 03:05:16 PM
I don't like the SD bug-eyed look of them.  Also there's nothing to do with them BUT stack them up.

We have one in our home - ONE!  It's Vault Boy from Fallout, and the only reason I bought it is because I found it MIB at a thrift store and my DH really loves Fallout. 
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on May 14, 2020, 03:10:02 PM
I customize them, but I don't really collect them.  Usually I give them away once I've customized them. 


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Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Ponyfan on May 14, 2020, 03:32:32 PM
I still like Funko Pops. Due to my current circumstances I haven't felt that I could add any new ones lately.  I usually just buy characters that I like and that I can find easily.

I've been disappointed a few times in the quality of the Funko Pops. One of Disney characters has a flaw in her arm where the vinyl didn't completely cover it.  I had to buy a 2nd Sailor Moon Funko because the first one I bought looks like someone colored her face with purple crayon.  I always buy my Pops new unless they are a gift  I know flaws will happen with anything that is mass produced but a new item shouldn't come out of the box looking like it's used.

A lot of times I'll find out about a Funko release only after they've been out for quite a while. I didn't even know about the Miraculous Ladybug pops until they were only on Amazon.

I also don't like that they will sometimes make on character out of set a hard to get exclusive. I love 80's Strawberry Shortcake and when the Pops came out I was able to get them except for Purple Pie Man. I know sometimes you can get the exclusives from Barnes and Noble and Gamestop but sometimes the exclusives are gone before I get a chance to get them.


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Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Carrehz on May 14, 2020, 03:53:53 PM
I don't really care for them.. but... I do have some. Mostly characters where it's difficult to find any merch of them, or chars that I love so much I HAD to get them. (You can't expect me to go into a shop, see a CatDog figure, and not bring it home with me!) They sorta grew on me. Plus it is nice to have something with SO MUCH variety, there's something for everyone!

I've found the best ones are the figures where they change the head-shape a bit, or (even better!) change the soulless black eyes. :P
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Aeryala on May 14, 2020, 05:12:09 PM
They're way more appealing than I want them to be, but I've so far successfully refused to allow Funko Pops in my home.  It's so obviously a slippery slope and a collection that could get overwhelming really fast.  Plus, I decided a while ago not to collect things that just sit on a shelf and can't even get photographed. 

I did finally cave last year though, and made an exception for the 30th anniversary Ursula from The Little Mermaid.  I'm a sucker for Ursula.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: banditpony on May 14, 2020, 08:43:07 PM
omg. so yeah. this thread made me check out what's coming out for funkos.

look at this adorable cubone *melt*
https://www.gamestop.com/toys-collectibles/funko/pop/products/pop-games-pokemon-cubone/209237.html?utm_kxconfid=t9vz73bvj&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsJu18o206QIVRr7ACh3mMgJ7EAQYASABEgIkTfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

further proof to me, if these things didn't have square heads i would like these things.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: poniesthatsparkle on May 15, 2020, 02:44:37 AM
I've got a small handful of Funko Pops. I don't hate them, but I don't love them, either. I just buy characters I really like and ignore the rest.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Loa on May 15, 2020, 08:25:58 AM
I have a smallish collection and still love them!
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Zapper on May 15, 2020, 11:07:04 AM
I have a smallish collection and still love them!

Considering how many Pops are already out there, "smallish" could mean 100 :lol:
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Dragonflitter on September 04, 2020, 09:18:03 AM
Marketing is one of my (kinda weird) interests so, while I don't like the look of Funkos with those giant heads and the soulless eyes, I have to commend the company for being absolute geniuses in the marketing department. Whoever thought up the idea of Funkos stumbled on a real winner!

1. For a long time, being a "collector" usually meant you had to be prepared to spend a lot of money for a single figure. Fan merchandise was seen as something only nerds and geeks spent money on. In other words, a very niche market (which drove the price up). Funko figured out how to mass produce a product that gives ALL people the chance to be a "collector," scratching that itch of chasing down all the figures of something you like (and the 'chase' figures too LOL). I've seen a lot of young kids buying Funkos. The average price is $10 each. Compared to other fan merchandise (and other kids toys), this is actually super affordable. Funko took a niche market and made it accessible to anyone who wants to identify as a collector.

2. The company developed a way to create a really unique brand that can't be easily copied and stands out among all the other merchandise on the shelves. You could show a Funko Pop to just about anyone and the proportions would allow that person to immediately identify it as a Funko, no matter what character it is, human or not. And if any other company tries to make a big headed, big eyed figure, they would be accused of copying Funko Pops. That's good branding!

3. One of the best ways for a company to flourish is to be able to identify an empty space in the market and fill it. Funko realized their are fans of things that don't have any merchandise, and realized people want to show off their love of various things, so Funko jumped in to fill that space and they did it super successfully. There's so many weird Funkos out there. Not just cartoons and video games and movies. Musical bands have Funkos! NASCAR drivers have Funkos! Bob Ross has a Funko. Edgar Allen Poe has a Funko! There are Funkos of the Presidents of the USA for crying out loud. And my personal favorite: There's a Funko of Bluto from the 80's comedy 'Animal House', even though there's no other characters (because he's the only one anyone remembers from that movie if they remember it at all LOL).

So remember, there's a lot we can learn from the Funko company if you want to be successful in this cutthroat world.
1. Identify a narrow spot in the world that you could bring more people into
2. be unique so you stand out
3. give people a way to show the world what they love

The bookstore where I work has two giant floor-to-ceiling shelving areas full of Funkos. So, so many! We routinely have too many and so the company will have a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" week to get stock out of the store. This allows people to stock up, and man does it work! lol. It's happening right now, in fact. I usually sell dozens of Funkos to people each day.

(Personally, I own two Funkos, despite not liking the Funko design LOL: Rainbow Dash and one Gargoyle from the 90's cartoon. Like other people have said, I too saw a Funko and was like "Oh I loved that cartoon as a kid and I've never seen any merchandise for it, so I should buy this." And it worked! XD )
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Nemesis on September 04, 2020, 06:31:53 PM
I haaave... Gargoyles, Steven Universe, TTG!, and The Shape of Water POPs. Probably around 20 in all?

Anyway, I find them fascinating for the same reasons just mentioned by Dragonflitter. I love studying the different marketing techniques and business strategies that go into selling a toy line. Funko was always built to be a successful industry, and I really admire the strategy that went into their development.

So basically, I’ll buy POPs if it’s something I love. My feelings about them haven’t really changed since they were first released.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Dragonflitter on September 05, 2020, 12:48:54 AM
@Nemesis- Aw thank you so much for replying! I always thought my fascination with marketing was really weird.... I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that thinks like I do! You made me feel like less of a weirdo today.   :lovey:

Post Merge: September 05, 2020, 12:54:08 AM

Edit to add: Today a family came through my check-out line with FOURTY Funko Pops in their cart.  :drunk: It took me forever to ring them all up!
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2020, 05:05:03 AM
@Nemesis- Aw thank you so much for replying! I always thought my fascination with marketing was really weird.... I'm glad I'm not the only one out there that thinks like I do! You made me feel like less of a weirdo today.   :lovey:

Post Merge: September 05, 2020, 12:54:08 AM

Edit to add: Today a family came through my check-out line with FOURTY Funko Pops in their cart.  :drunk: It took me forever to ring them all up!

Haha, usually I feel like I’M the weirdo for being fascinated by marketing and whatnot. XD So you have also made ME feel like less of an oddball, lol.

And WHOA. :shocked: Did Christmas come early for that family, or what? XD
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Zapper on September 05, 2020, 01:30:40 PM

So remember, there's a lot we can learn from the Funko company if you want to be successful in this cutthroat world.
1. Identify a narrow spot in the world that you could bring more people into
2. be unique so you stand out
3. give people a way to show the world what they love


Marketing is interesting but popular toy companies are not exactly good role models to apply to your regular citizen life. Small, regional businesses that manage to stay steady are way better to learn from.

Identifying a core group to market to is also essential for anyone who wants to go selfmade. Funko didn't come up with that model. Funko admit themselves that the buying of licences is what made them blow up because the marketing for these are already done by their respective owners/franchises. Funko saves big time on advertising strategy because the characters don't belong to them (and because they don't produce in their own country).
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Dragonflitter on September 05, 2020, 02:12:11 PM
Yes, exactly! That's the genius of it! They don't need to own every copyright or come up with an equivalent to every popular character in every franchise, instead they just developed a way to bring those franchises that already exist to the people that want to enjoy them! Very smart.

While of course I don't condone the way mega-corporations take advantage of a large portion of our working-class society, you have to admire the genius to take what already exists and find a way to bring it to the people, and I think my points still stand as good ways to be successful. :)
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Gator on September 05, 2020, 06:36:33 PM
I hate Pops.  That being said, I have two.  But I hate the stupid black eyes, so I painted mine.  I got the two characters from the Angry Beavers cartoon show.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Wardah on September 05, 2020, 08:39:17 PM
Yes, exactly! That's the genius of it! They don't need to own every copyright or come up with an equivalent to every popular character in every franchise, instead they just developed a way to bring those franchises that already exist to the people that want to enjoy them! Very smart.

While of course I don't condone the way mega-corporations take advantage of a large portion of our working-class society, you have to admire the genius to take what already exists and find a way to bring it to the people, and I think my points still stand as good ways to be successful. :)

And while Funko is huge now, they started as a small niche company.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: CloudyGlow on September 05, 2020, 08:56:09 PM
I hate Pops.  That being said, I have two.  But I hate the stupid black eyes, so I painted mine.  I got the two characters from the Angry Beavers cartoon show.
Me too. Those eyes are a deal-breaker. I only have some small pony ones because of discount sales and because it isn't as weird on the ponies as it is on humans. On humans, it's just too strange
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Harmonie on September 05, 2020, 10:04:16 PM
I have never understood the appeal of them to begin with. I have never even had a remote thought of wanting one.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Nemesis on September 05, 2020, 11:08:55 PM
Yes, exactly! That's the genius of it! They don't need to own every copyright or come up with an equivalent to every popular character in every franchise, instead they just developed a way to bring those franchises that already exist to the people that want to enjoy them! Very smart.

While of course I don't condone the way mega-corporations take advantage of a large portion of our working-class society, you have to admire the genius to take what already exists and find a way to bring it to the people, and I think my points still stand as good ways to be successful. :)

And while Funko is huge now, they started as a small niche company.

So true! On an honest level, doesn’t every small company dream of becoming a big one? From a business perspective, I’d much rather continue to expand in scope and profit than maintain steady figures (though obviously steady is better than sinking).

Business has always interested me... It’s fascinating to watch companies rise from obscurity (I remember buying from Amazon when all they sold were books, lol) to dominate the playing field. Funko managed something pretty impressive, especially in today’s highly competitive market.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Carrehz on September 06, 2020, 02:44:32 PM
Excellent post, Dragonflitter!! Love or hate POPs, you have to admit Funko have struck gold here. I do love how there's something for everyone.

I hate Pops.  That being said, I have two.  But I hate the stupid black eyes, so I painted mine.  I got the two characters from the Angry Beavers cartoon show.

ooh, I wanna see photos!! I love seeing repainted POPs, they always look so much better with proper eyes.

I love the Angry Beavers, I wish they'd made Treeflower though.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Dragonflitter on September 06, 2020, 05:11:17 PM
I hate Pops.  That being said, I have two.

I feel like this sums up the entirely of the Pops existence. XD
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Glistening Rainlight on September 08, 2020, 03:19:01 AM
I hate Pops.  That being said, I have two.

I feel like this sums up the entirely of the Pops existence. XD

Agreed haha. I rather dislike Funko Pops myself, but I have one - a keychain pop of Rainbow Dash, but even that was only because all of the official models at the time gave her Fluttershy's eyes and other weird problems. It's the first and only one of the pops I've gotten or will get, my perspective on those is that it's not worth paying the price for a character I love if they're in a form I won't.

That said I do have one Funko vinyl figure, of DJ P0n-3, and would be happy to collect a few choice others, namely the other versions of DJ. The figures are definitely flawed and cheaply made despite their high price, so I'm extremely selective about which characters I'll get.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: LadyMoondancer on September 11, 2020, 12:00:55 AM
Can't be done with them when I was never into them to begin with.  :P  I've always found them very ugly.  I have a friend who used to be way into them (mostly Overwatch characters), though.

The company has their HQ quite near Seattle so at least it's a successful local company.  I respect their ability to sell the figures, they've obviously tapped into something.

Edit:  I just remembered I do have one Funko . . . One of my coworkers got a Fluttershy Funko for free at a comic con and he knew I collect MLPs so he gave her to me.  I kept her on my desk at work because I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gesture.

Also, what you said about Bob Ross and the lack of merch making the figure exciting to your dad does make sense.  If you like something that normally doesn't have any merch then, yeah, I could see a Funko of it being really exciting.

According to Wikipedia, it all started because a guy couldn't find a Big Boy (hamburger restaurant mascot?) bank so he licensed the rights to make one himself.  I do love that it all started because of a collector's weird, niche interest.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Emillia on September 17, 2020, 04:52:45 PM
I used to collect only the vocaloid figurines when they came out, but I have done nothing with Funkos ever since. I gave the few I had away - I prefer collecting things with a bit more detail.
I thought they were pretty irrelevant by now, but now I have a new housemate that actually does collect Funkos, and pretty seriously too. I think she has over 150 in her room.

She explained to me that collecting Funkos is pretty big internationally for students, and that does make sense. A Funko pop is a lot less expensive than any kind of handcrafted thing, or very detailed anime figurine. They are also pretty accessible. Even in The Netherlands here, you can find them pretty much at any serious toy store. And even though I'm not too big on them, there are a few limited-edition Funkos that even I have to admit look pretty good. They don't have that dead-eye look that scares me that most Funkos have. I guess it all just comes down to taste and convenience.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: The-Extravagant-Pony on November 10, 2020, 09:31:17 PM
Wow, seems like a lot of people dislike them but I personally like Funko Pops! I only have a couple (next on my list are MLP & Spongebob ones) but I do like them. :)
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: starrynights on December 19, 2020, 02:20:51 AM
I saw a few with larger bodies more in proportion in their head and they had more expressive faces instead of nothing but hollow eyes. If they all were like that I'd probably have a ton of them.
Would like to try customizing one one day.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Leave a Whisper on December 19, 2020, 06:08:16 PM
Stupid funko pop finally dragged me in. I want those upcoming candyland ones of Mr. Mint and Jolly. I wish we'd get a better figure elsewhere of Queen Frostine, she was always my favorite character.  -_-

https://bleedingcool.com/collectibles/funko-pop-retro-toys-candyland/
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Leave a Whisper on February 08, 2021, 07:51:53 PM
Wow, funko actually made something cute for once.

https://www.funko.com/shop/details/paka-paka-fruit-bats

I like the strawberry, watermelon, kiwi and grapefruit batties best.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: banditpony on February 08, 2021, 10:10:21 PM
Wow, funko actually made something cute for once.

https://www.funko.com/shop/details/paka-paka-fruit-bats

I like the strawberry, watermelon, kiwi and grapefruit batties best.

eh, I always thought funko's non-pop stuff was fine. Paka Paka is a blind bag series with original stuff rather than licensed. https://www.funko.com/pakapaka
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Zapper on February 09, 2021, 09:25:28 PM
Not LaW advertising Funkos in my dedicated anti Funko thread :lol:
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Leave a Whisper on February 09, 2021, 10:23:38 PM
Not LaW advertising Funkos in my dedicated anti Funko thread :lol:

Oops.  Sorry. :blush:
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Baby Crumpet on February 11, 2021, 06:49:13 PM
I never liked them  ^^; A lot of the funko pops that came out for franchises I liked really seemed to undermine the point of the characters. They made an Alduin one for Skyrim - Alduin is mean to be a literal world eater, so it was a bit odd to have him be all tiny and cute, yannow? Same with characters like Wolverine. I felt it so strange that characters meant to be grumpy and grouchy and not at all cute suddenly were.

I tended therefore to buy the more 'realistic' figures - but most people have cottoned on to this funko pop style figure and it's wayyyy harder to find realistic figures. I do like some of the less 'chibi' style figures Funko has put out, those are pretty cool.

Obviously, that doesn't mean I don't have any - I have several  :lol: I've never bought one myself, but I've received a few as gifts, and even if I'm not a big fan, they DO make fun little desk companions.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: bright rabbit 1 on March 18, 2021, 08:18:46 PM
Looking for Five Nights at Freddy’s Funko Pops only getting the characters I like 2 Freddy Fazbears (one I’m turning into Golden Freddy because that Pop is expensive), Nightmare animatronics. 
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Wardah on March 22, 2021, 03:33:21 PM
I think this thread should be renamed. It started as a thread about who isn't a fan and has evolved into just general Funko discussion.
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Nemesis on March 22, 2021, 04:53:12 PM
I think this thread should be renamed. It started as a thread about who isn't a fan and has evolved into just general Funko discussion.

Seconded. Obviously discussion about if/why you’re done with Pops should still be welcome. ;) It should be up to Zapper, of course—maybe she’d rather we made two separate threads?

So, I’ve kind of gone in the opposite direction. Funko started making a “Retro Toys” line of Pops, and they caught me hook, line, and sinker. I have all the classic MLP ones that were just released, plus two Popples, the Candy Land gang (except for that elusive Plumpy... grrrr!), Peaches n Cream Barbie, My Pet Monster, and a handful of others. They really match with the cutesy aesthetic of Pops in general.

I really love that the unified style makes creating bizarre dioramas so easy. You can have Dwight from The Office hanging out with Polly Pocket, The Fantastic Four, a bunch of anime characters, and a couple of guys from “KISS”... and it all looks like it belongs together. XD
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: Ponyfan on March 23, 2021, 01:25:51 PM
I made a separate thread for Funkos where we can talk about why we like Funko Pops. :)


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Funko Pops - who else is done with them?
Post by: invaderhorizongreen on March 26, 2021, 08:21:37 PM
I don't collect them and they never appealed to me in the first place.
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